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"And for pirates," returned Gaetano, repeating Franz's words.
"But this fire?" continued Franz. "It seems to me rather reassuring than otherwise; men who did not wish to be seen would not light a fire."
As for Franz, he examined his arms with the utmost coolness; he had two double-barrelled guns and a rifle; he loaded them, looked at the priming, and waited quietly.
"Ah!" said Franz, "then you are a smuggler occasionally, Gaetano?"
"But these two Corsican bandits?" said Franz, calculating the chances of peril.
-- having assassinated a man?" said Franz, continuing his investigation.
For a man who, like Franz, viewed his position in its true light, it was a grave one.
Not a word was spoken, every one seemed occupied, Franz with his disembarkment, the sailors with their sails, the smugglers with their goat; but in the midst of all this carelessness it was evident that they mutually observed each other.
Franz lowered a torch, and saw by the mass of cinders that had accumulated that he was not the first to discover this retreat, which was, doubtless, one of the halting-places of the wandering visitors of Monte Cristo.
"You are a born diplomat," returned Franz; "go and try."
Franz waited impatiently, inhaling the aroma of the roasted meat, when the captain returned with a mysterious air.
"Well," observed Franz, "this chief is very polite, and I see no objection -- the more so as I bring my share of the supper."